oak·​moss ˈōk-ˌmȯs How to pronounce oakmoss (audio)
: any of several lichens (such as Evernia prunastri) that grow on oak trees and yield a resin used in perfumery

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This fresh fragrance is perfect for summer, packed with delicious notes of mangosteen, plumeria, patchouli leaves, blood orange, Italian bergamot, oakmoss and cedar. Anna Tingley, Variety, 8 Apr. 2022 Inspired by apple brandy, the classic American spirit is brought to life with bergamot, pineapple, cardamom, rum, oakmoss and vanilla. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Aside from imparting its brooding, indelible smell, traditional oakmoss also acts as a fixative, binding and stabilizing the other ingredients and extending the life of the perfume. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 To help ease the burn, there is a scented Cincinnati candle, smelling of oakmoss and amber. Sallee Ann Ruibal, Cincinnati.com, 19 Dec. 2018 Essential ones, like oakmoss, bay leaf, and petitgrain, plus a blend of jojoba, grapeseed, argan, pumpkin seed, and baobab oils. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, 8 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oakmoss was in 1921

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“Oakmoss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oakmoss. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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